Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Is In the Air ...

Happy first day of the best season of the year!
Happy start of Autumn!

It's my most favorite season and the best time of the entire year. Some of the leaves in my backyard have already started showing early signs of Fall, Abbie has already sipped her first PSL at Starbucks, Fall magazines have arrived in the mail, Autumn themed decor is out, and I'm already planning the cakes and bakes of our family's birthday season. I am really really excited as you can tell. I brought in the start of this beautiful season with delicious moist chocolatey cupcakes by Sara's Baked Creations decorated for Fall. The dark chocolatey brown cupcake base I frosted with vibrant orange buttercream and fondant toppers that were leaves in the transitioning colors of Fall. I also sprinkled some Autumn colored sprinkles and stuffed this deliciousness right in my face! Yummm!

Soon there will be the Autumn crispness in the air, the leaves falling everywhere!
It'll be beautiful and I'll be out with my camera because when it'll get cooler the bugs will disappear and Saraallie will hit the outdoors! All of our birthdays are approaching, the cakes have been planned, and I'm getting ready with my cupcake design apron to bake my heart out! It'll be awesome! It'll be great! It'll be the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy Fall ya'all!

The Star Studded Black & Gold Backpack

A couple of days ago I showed off the new gold yellow dress I'd bought which had been so perfect it was as if they'd custom made it according to what I'd had in mind. Once again today I'm sharing my OMG moment when I walked into a shop with a bag in mind and found exactly what I wanted - and I mean hundred percent same kind of perfection here! It was a fantastic moment like it is in cartoons. Everything else became dim and a gold sparkling spotlight shined from the heavens upon me and the bag as a loud and grand 'aaaah aaaaaaaaaaaah' played in the background. We met. I laid my eyes upon the bag. I went ahead and picked it off the shelf. My eyes gleamed with emotion as I fell in love.

Okay, I might have imagined some or most of that but hey you get my point. It was THE moment, okay? Okay. It was my moment.

Just two days before I was traveling to Canada for a short and sweet road trip I'd given up hope of finding the perfect black backpack of my dreams. I'd checked every possible shop's online catalog that I could think of and for a teeny tiny horrible moment of weakness I'd even considered settling for one that wasn't the exact bag of my dreams. Finally, one day I met my match. This Steve Madden star studded black and gold bag was waiting for me at TJ Maxx. In fact I'd almost picked up another bag giving up and thinking, "Hmm, this is the closest to my perfect imaginary bag!" until I walked a few more steps further and saw this beauty!

It has everything I wanted and let me explain. I had wanted a black leather bag with some kind of gorgeous detail (studded, or printed, or quilted) which would add character to the bag without making it outfit specific. I wanted it to be the smooth kind of shiny leather and not the distressed kind. I also wanted a backpack style because I wanted to use this for traveling. I wanted it to be small enough to not cover my entire back (not going to school here!) yet be large enough to hold my Kindle and some of the other important stuff I never leave the house without. Hello, perfect match entering right here! This bag is a shiny black leather with the most gorgeous gold stars and dots all over. They actually catch light and shine. It's a very bookish starry night sky like effect which I absolutely love!

Zipper details are sophisticated yet stunning. I love how clean and smart everything looks. It's funky feminine but not girly and schoolish. It's also very spacious and just the perfect size. It has a large main pocket in which goes my beloved Kindle and other important stuff and then two more pockets in the front which I use for makeup, my mini hand lotion, and etc.

Did I already point out how stunning the gold accents are? They pop in just the right ways making this the ideal bag for me. I love a little shine and sparkle in everything I own and this bag is perfectionnnnnnnnn at its best!

The straps aren't leather but I like how light they are over my shoulders. They're not too wide and not too thin so they don't spoil whatever outfit I'm carrying the bag with and are sturdy enough that I'm not worried the bag will rip off if I stuff stuff in it. Stuff stuff in .. get it? Stuff the stuff!  *laughs*

This is a nifty little bag and very useful! I carried it throughout my holiday in Canada and felt so care free like I wasn't even carrying anything on me. Function and gorjabulousness in one? How perfect can it possibly get! Added to my collection of beautiful bags, I'm so totally in love with it!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A New Day, A New Dress

Stop everything you're doing right now. Drop anything you're holding right now. Focus, I need all your focus because I'm presenting to you my very new and fantabulously gorgeous yellow dress! It is exactly what the crisp Autumn sunshine feels like! It is stunning, smart, and very classy girly! It is everything I had been looking for!

I was out shopping one afternoon when I said, "I need to buy a gold yellow dress for Fall!" I literally must have walked about fifteen or twenty more steps from the point where those words had escaped my mouth when I saw it. The perfect yellow dress of my dreams. It was a beautiful tank dress from A New Day, a new line that had just arrived at Target and was exactly what I had imagined I wanted.

Can you believe it, I found the perfect size and an ideal price tag on it too. It was instantly wheeling with me in my cart to the fitting room where I tried it on to find a perfect fit. It was like they'd heard me in my dreams and then custom made the dress for me. The perfect fitting, the perfect shade, the perfect Fall like florals, the perfect style, the perfect everything! This dress was perfect, just perfect! The little bit of cinched belt effect at the waist made it look super smart and flattering and the gold yellow color of the dress was vibrant and just the pop of sunshine I needed. Like I said, this dress felt like the crisp Autumn sunshine that I'm looking forward to with Fall just around the corner.

My favorite bit about this dress is how feminine it is with those delicate florals yet if I like I can dress it up or down according to my mood. As soon as it had come home with me I paired it up in a classy and smart outfit and headed out. The first combination I've paired it with is a magenta-maroon. I wore magenta-maroon pants and a matching jacket with it. My scarf was a really gorgeous maroon feather printed one. I accessorized with a yellow bag, brown suede boots, and gold jewelry. It looked beautiful!

This is just a start of many gorgeous outfits for I can feel so many combinations and styles coming along with this sunshine gold dress. I'm already imagining it with classic black jeans and jackets, black leather jacket pairings, and my denim blue jacket too. I even have a casual green lacey shirt which would make the entire look super funky and casual. So awesome! Seriously, I think this dress fell from heaven especially custom tailored for me! *laughs* I have a feeling I'll be back with more outfits and styles with this one pretty soon! Love it with all my heart!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 29

It's time for Volume 29 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

So we were dining happily at Red Robin one afternoon. When we were done, the server got us the bill and we did what needed to be done and then got ready to leave. That's when I spotted this on our table. This is such a hilarious way of warning! I loved it! Genius *laughs*!

Poop emoji is everywhere! I've seen pens and mugs and what not and now these: POOP BEDROOM SLIPPERS! So cool! I know loads of people whom I should gift these too!

How adorable are these! Look at Aladin! So cute, so so so very cute! Everything Disney already gets me hyper excited and now they've made these adorable pen toppers!

I am NOT a yogurt person, okay? As it is Menchies is a place I feel out of place at and on top of all that frozen yogurt I found these yogurt chips there. Yukh. Blekh. WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO PUT YOGURT CHIPS OVER THEIR FROZEN YOGURT? Why do people even eat frozen yogurt in the first place? Ughhh ... not my thing at all!

IT'S A DEMENTOR! Yes, it is. No, actually it is this monster tree near our place. Mum took this photo while it was raining. This monster tree literally looks like a dementor. Look close and you'll see the black torn robes/cloaks too! Jokes aside, I think they should seriously think about trimming or chopping this tree, I have a bad feeling about it! You should see it during a storm. Really creepy!

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

End of Summer In Canada ~ Highlights of Our Road Trip

We transitioned into September with a short and sweet road trip to Canada. We left a day before Eid, celebrated the festival there, visited some cool places, and with the grand finale at Niagara Falls headed back home with lots of beautiful memories in our hearts and a tonne of pictures in my camera!

The road trip to Canada was smoother than I'd expected. I kept the last minute packing list as short as possible so I woke up that morning with hardly any stress. I focused instead on dolling up in a really girly coral and pink dress which I paired with black jeans and a black floral jacket. My scarf matched and I threw in a black brooch, a couple funky colorful rings, and a pair of funky bangles too. Surprisingly we were able to load our stuff in the car and leave perfectly by our planned time (like seriously, how'd we even do that?). This was the first time we had planned on traveling directly to Canada (we usually spend the night somewhere halfway) yet it was pretty smooth. I sat in the car with my mind set on breaking my diet brutally and so I did; I stuffed my face with munchkins from Dunkin which bro got us, chips (Utz Barbecue and Funyuns - my favorites!), and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies. We stopped at a Subway to walk, washroom, and eat. I had fun playing with Gubby while we were there. Since we both were tired of sitting for so long we ran around and played ring around the roses. It was fun! On the rest of the ride to Canada Gubby stole the show. She had her road trip mode on complete with sunglasses and a cap. She looked so adorable! We were also gifted adorable stickers by Gubby which we used to make our iPhone chargers prettier. I got a rainbow, Abbie a lion, and mama a watermelon! Finally we reached Canada at night and after a delicious Nihari, Biryani, and Kabab dinner from Bar BQ Tonite we retired in that heavenly hotel bed!

We woke up the next day to a fresh Eid morning. Eid Mubaraks were wished all around (I updated my Facebook status!!!) and then we spontaneously planned that we needed to go and have breakfast somewhere. Denny's was chosen as our breakfast spot for the morning and I dolled up in a gorgeous electric blue slash turquoise long dress with some stunning bangles, bracelets, and rings. As soon as we reached Denny's we spotted something fun. They had these souvenir cups with their very own headbands. I instantly grabbed my darling Gubby and along with Abbie Bua we went over to make our pick. Gubby chose two: the donkey from Shrek and the purple alien from Home (which I have yet to see!). We gifted her both as Eid presents and she was delighted! Abbie and I stuffed our faces with their Loaded Veggie Omelette which was so good. It really was loaded and lay over delicious hash browns. SO GOOD! Bro got this super sweet and sinful overly loaded pancake dish - the name of which I have forgotten ... I stole a bite to taste them! They were delicious! Again, my enjoyment was with my darling Gubby who sat with me and blessed my Eid morning with lots of adorableness!

After spending the afternoon and early evening at bro's in laws' place for a super late lunch (I was starved!) we decided to head to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. I was really excited ever since I'd found out about the place before the trip began. Oh and rightly so because the place is awesome with a seriously giant capital A! I got to see some serious underwater beauty, the deadly sharks at Dangerous Lagoon, a fun play ground area for kids where Gubby was very excited, some mesmerizing Jelly fish, and lots and lots of really weird (I say that in a good way) sea creatures that I had never ever seen before!

I hereby admit that the Ripley's Aquarium was THE best part of our entire trip! It wasn't just me who enjoyed a lot but also my darling Gubby who couldn't understand which way to focus her eyes because there was just so so much to see and explore. I plan on doing a detailed show and tell blog feature about the awesomeness of this place so I'll keep my talks short for now (well as short as talkative me can manage). BUT HEY LISTEN UP PEOPLE ... I TOUCHED A SHARK AND A STING RAY! *laughs* It was a pretty cool experience and a pretty great deal! More on that later!

Our third day in Canada was what I call the 'all you can eat' day! *laughs* We literally just ate all day. Ate, ate, ate, ate, ate. All day until it was night time when we were so tired we decided to spend the night in and instead of hitting the Falls had a play date with our Gubby ensconced in that heavenly comfy hotel bed. In the morning I woke up and treated myself to some chocolate chip cookie and Royal Dane deliciousness. Next we headed to some aunty's place whom mom knew (I have trouble keeping track of all the relations so let me just skip that conveniently!) where we had a delicious lunch. The highlight was that super yumm chocolate cake which I guiltlessly dived into. When we got back from there we rested, changed, and left for another party invite (something SIL relatives related!). I stuffed a gallon full of Haleem in my mouth  there before heading back to our hotel. Some instant Maggie shared with Abbie and my Gubbling Gubble Gum and chai concluded my night!

Finally I awoke to our last day of fun in Canada. Today's agenda had a sweet breakfast, a lunch invite from SIL's relatives, and our Niagara Falls plan! I dolled up in a gorgeous black lace dress, black jeans, and a hot pink jacket. My floral black scarf was stunning too and I embellished with some funky bracelets and rings. My morning was super sweet. We headed to Tim Hortons where Abbie and I shared a double chocolate donut and a cheese croissant. It was some sight watching Gubboo eat her donut! She eats it in a special way - she only eats off the frosting part and then hands over the poor boring donut to her mom! It's hilarious! After the breakfast was done we went over for the lunch invitation where I got to devour seriously good Biryani! It all concluded with a nice cup of chai after which we were finally ready to head to Niagara Falls!

It was chilly near Niagara but beautiful. I find the Falls as equally scary as I find them magnificent and grand. The seasonal illumination was on while we were there and the Falls looked gorgeous in all the colors. A bonus for photography was that beautiful full moon shining over the Falls. Simply stunning! When we reached the Falls we first spent a good load of time at the visitor center where we bought a souvenir magnet and a super cute moose stuffed toy for Gubby. At first sight the Falls were illuminated a bloody red - it looked really creepy in a beautiful sort of way. We stayed there for quite some time so we got to see the Falls under all the colors. My absolute favorite though was the rainbow illumination. It stole my heart! I took some beautiful pictures ... here they are!

The Falls in a royal purple color!

The Falls in a cool blue! It looked like a snowy mountain of some sort!

My favorite - the rainbow illumination! So beautiful and so very cool!

Even though a staff member told us there were no fireworks happening that night we still waited till ten at night because the website had told us otherwise. It was a wise decision because at exactly ten there was a spectacular fireworks show on the US side of the Falls. Gubby loved the show and said it was glitter coming out of the sky! She even pointed out how one looked like a spider in the sky! *laughs* I stood up on a rock wall to capture the gorgeous show in my camera above everybody's heads! I love watching fireworks because I think they're very pretty so this was literally a treat for me that night just before our little holiday in Canada came to an end.

Gorgeous!

Tired after all the fun we'd had we ended the day with a cheesy veggie loaded pizza, fries, and a veggie burger (we saved that for the next day's breakfast because we were so full!). Gubby enjoyed licking the ketchup cups! *laughs*

A hot chocolate from Tim Hortons completed Abbie and my night! We shared the deliciousness!

The next morning we woke up with our bags all packed and ready to be loaded in the car. I started the day off with half of the veggie burger from last night after which I loaded the last minute stuff and was ready to go back home. On our way back home Abbie and I enjoyed watching Beauty and the Beast (FINALLY!) on my laptop which was such a fantabulous movie I wanted to sing and cry at the same time. IN LOVE! We stopped at Popeyes and got some yummy crunchy juicy chicken, fries, and onion rings for lunch. It was a really really long road trip back home and by the time we reached it was around eleven at night. We'd grabbed some Nihari and Kababs for dinner on our way which we happily devoured once back home before showering, freshening up, and going to bed!

It was a short and sweet road trip to Canada and back! It may have been rushed up and all but we were able to do all that we had planned. Gubby enjoyed a lot and returned with three new stuffed toys! She was happy, we all were happy, and we'd made hundreds of lovely memories! I'd eaten my heart out and now sadly it was time to get back to working out and being on a diet!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Start Wrecking My Journal

A couple of birthdays ago Abbie gifted me the famous Wreck This Journal. Stuck in a rut and trying to deal with life one day at a time my creative juices weren't flowing too well so it stayed untouched, unwrecked, but never forgotten. It rested on my shelf until recently when I picked it up and decided I needed to start some serious wreckage.


 I flipped it open and read the first instruction: crack the spine. A spine chilling shriek could be heard (exaggerations shamelessly added and puns completely intended) as I stretched open the journal as nice and fine as I could. There was a crack on the spine and my journal had begun it's wreck-ful journey.

I haven't done much but I've started. I followed some instructions randomly here and there, scribbling in my name and going through the pages to see all the cool stuff I will have to do. This journal is actually really fabulous. I can already think of so many clever ways I could interpret the instructions.

"To create is to destroy" and I intend to destroy this with all my heart! I'll keep posting my destruction as I go along, I promise!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Kindle Appreciation Post

Make time to stop and smell the flowers they say. I say make time to stop and appreciate your Kindle. Why? Because Kindle is just one of the best things to happen to me lately. I am so deeply in love with it - it's a sacred relationship! My Kindle dear has been with me through thick and thin, good and bad, days and nights - literally. It's provided me with a book wherever and whenever I needed it! So here's my little post of appreciation for my wonderfully awesome Kindle dear!

I still remember the time when I'd decided to buy a Kindle for myself. I'd spent days (infact I think weeks) eating up Abbie's brains trying to make up my mind. I am super indecisive and needed her to convince me into it when secretly in my heart I was already dreaming about a life with Kindle in it. She's a pro at advising and she'd done it again. She convinced me that Kindle would be a great investment for someone like me and then sat with me as I ordered the awesomeness. When it arrived my excitement was beyond control and that morning began a love story that will stay till forever. The love story of Sara and her Kindle dear!


I believe in the philosophy of having a book with me wherever I go. In case emergency strikes (like a dull party or a horrible social aunties laden event) I should always be armed with a book. My Kindle lets me fulfill my philosophy. Thanks to Kindle I don't have to worry about carrying a heavy weight book in my bag. It fits in even the most compact kinds of bags like that super cute sized gold polka dot backpack I have. The best part is I don't have to worry about where I will keep my ever growing book collection because Kindle can hold the world's libraries for me. As much as I love to have books all around me I do face some space and storage issues. Also since I've converted my entire shelf to a Harry Potter corner I hardly have any space left to be collecting other books. Kindle is the answer to all of my problems!



Ever since I've bought my Kindle I have been reading in the most tightest of places and at the most awkward of times. Our family happens to indulge in road trips or vacations at least once an year and eight to ten hours on the road packed with bags and what not pass way more easily now with my Kindle to give me company. I can travel to distant places while sitting in that jammed and crammed backseat of the car thanks to my books. Fiction is beautiful! Really! Oh and with that back lit screen my Kindle has even been there for me when everybody was asleep. Reading in the dark has never been more easy. Nobody gets disturbed and I can read away to my heart's content.


Oh the wonderful new books and fictional worlds I keep discovering thanks to Kindle!



These days my Kindle seems to be more magical than ever because thanks to Pottermore I have my entire beloved Harry Potter Series on it! I am back to re reading the one book series that changed my life forever - I am back to my Wizarding World! It's like carrying the entire magic in my bag. It's wonderful!


Come rain or shine the book must go on!
Thank you to the makers of Kindle for coming up with something that lets me read wherever, whenever, without the stress of storage problems. Thank you to Kindle for reuniting me with my love of reading! For in books I find my peace and escape ...

Oh and this is in no way any kind of affiliate post, ad, or sponsored piece. This is literally just me stopping to smell the flowers - oops - I mean stopping to appreciate my Kindle!
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